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Vatican Regesta Vol. DCLXXXV Secretarum Tomus IV 2 Innocent VIII

Marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth York

Vatican Regesta Vol. DCLXXXV Secretarum Tomus IV 2 Innocent VIII. 23 Jul 1486. Decree, at the petition of Henry VII King England and Ireland 1457-1509 (29) and Elizabeth York Queen Consort England 1466-1503 (20), that a notarial copy of the process before Giacomo Passarella da Cesena Bishop 1479–1488 (7), Apostolic Nuncio with the power of a legate de latere, in regard to the dispensation granted by him to them to contract marriage, notwithstanding the imPediment arising from their being related in the double fourth degree of kindred, shall have the same credence as the original letters of the said Giacomo Passarella da Cesena Bishop 1479–1488 (7). The Giovanni Battista Cybo 1432-1492 (54) exemplifies the said letters and process as follows:
Public instrument, setting forth that in the year of the Incarnation 1486, after the computation of the English church, the 4th indiction, anno 2 Innocent VIII [16 Jan 1486], in the chapel of St. Mary [the Virgin] on the east side of the Old St Paul's Cathedral Churchyard, Old St Paul's Cathedral, before Giacomo Passarella da Cesena Bishop 1479–1488 (7), apostolic legate to England and Scotland, in presence of the below-written notaries public, appointed by the said bishop as scribes in the below-written matter of dispensation, and witnesses below-named, there appeared in person Bishop Robert Morton 1435-1497 (51), Archdeacon of Winchester, and Giovanni de Gigli -1498, I.U.D., as proctors of Henry VII King England and Ireland 1457-1509 (29), and Bishop Richard Hill -1496, dean of the chapel of the household of the said king, and David William Doctor of Decrees Dean of St. Mary's, doctor of decrees, dean of St. Mary's Arches, London, as proctors of the Elizabeth York Queen Consort England 1466-1503 (20), eldest daughter of the late king Edward IV King England 1442-1483, who produced their mandates of procuration and presented to the said legate a schedule of petition on behalf of the said king and lady, praying him to dispense them to marry, notwithstanding the imPediment of their relationship in the fourth and fourth degrees of kindred, as was specified by the said Bishop Robert Morton 1435-1497 (51).
The said instrument exemplifies the said procurations and schedule, as follows:
(i) A public instrument, setting forth that in the year of the Incarnation, etc., 1486, the 4th indiction, anno 2 Innocent VIII, 14 Jan 1486, in a certain great chamber within the palace royal at Westminster, before Thomas Rotherham Archbishop York 1423-1500 (62) and legate of the apostolic see, Bishop John Alcock 1430-1500 (56), chancellor of England, and Jasper Tudor 1st Duke Bedford 1431-1495 (54), and many other nobles and magnates, in the presence of me, Richard Spencer Notary, notary public below-written, the said Henry VII King England and Ireland 1457-1509 (29), present in person, appointed Masters Giovanni de Gigli -1498, I.U.D., and Bishop Robert Morton 1435-1497 (51), master or keeper of the rolls of the chancery of the said king, as his proctors to appear before the said bishop and legate (who, as is said, has faculty from the apostolic see to dispense a certain number of persons related in the fourth and fourth degrees of kindred and affinity to contract marriage), and to request him to exhibit, etc., the said letters, and execute them in accordance with the desire of the said king, etc. Of all which things, done on the above date and in the above place, in the presence of the above-named witnesses and of Richard Spencer Notary, clerk, of the diocese of Lincoln, notary public by apostolic and imperial authorities, registrar-principal of the court of Canterbury, and keeper of the registers of the same court, the said notary has made the present public instrument, and, being otherwise engaged, has caused it to be written by another, and has published and drawn it up in this public form, and has signed it with his wonted sign and name;

(ii) A like public instrument, setting forth that on the 14 Jan 1486 as in the preceding, and in a certain chamber within the royal palace of Westminster, before Bishop John Alcock 1430-1500 (56), John Welles 1st Viscount Welles 1450-1498 (36), Master William Smyth, dean of the chapel royal of Wymbourn in the diocese of Salisbury, and other witnesses, in the presence of the above notary, Richard Spencer Notary, the above lady Elizabeth York Queen Consort England 1466-1503 (20), present in person, appointed Masters Bishop Richard Hill -1496, dean of the chapel of the king's household, and David William Doctor of Decrees Dean of St. Mary's, doctor of decrees, dean of St. Mary's Arches, London, and commissary-general of the official of the court of Canterbury and president of the said court, in the absence of the said official, as her proctors to appear, etc., as in the preceding. Of all which things, done on the above date and in the above place, in the presence of the abovenamed witnesses and of … Richard Spencer, clerk, etc., as above, the said notary has made, written, subscribed, published, and drawn up in this public form the present public instrument, and has signed it with his wonted sign and name;

(iii) The petition to Giacomo Passarella da Cesena Bishop 1479–1488 (7), apostolic legate to England and Scotland, on behalf of the most serene prince and lord, the lord Henry VII King England and Ireland 1457-1509 (29), by the grace of God king of England and France and lord of Ireland, of the one part, and of the most illustrious (clarissime) lady, the lady Elizabeth York Queen Consort England 1466-1503 (20), eldest legitimate and natural daughter of the late Edward, sometime king of England and France and lord of Ireland, of the other part, setting forth that whereas the said king Henry has by God's providence won his realm of England, and is in peaceful possession thereof, and has been asked by all the lords of his realm, both spiritual and temporal, and also by the general council of the said realm, called Parliament, to take the said lady Elizabeth to wife, he, wishing to accede to the just petitions of his subjects, desires to take the said lady to wife, but cannot do so without dispensation, inasmuch as they are related in the fourth and fourth degrees of kindred, wherefore petition is made on their behalf to the said legate to grant them dispensation by his apostolic authority to contract marriage and remain therein, notwithstanding the said imPediment of kindred, and to decree the offspring to be born thereof legitimate.
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Around 1510 Meynnart Wewyck 1499-1525 (10) is believed to have painted the portrait of Henry VII King England and Ireland 1457-1509.

Around 1520 Unknown Artist.Netherlands. Portrait of Henry VII King England and Ireland 1457-1509.

Around 1675 Unknown Artist. Portrait of Elizabeth York Queen Consort England 1466-1503. From a work of 1500.